Non Animal Testing, Alternative Test Methods, In Vitro Toxicology, IIVS | 2018
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October 2018

IIVS e-News – October 2018

October 11, 2018
In this issue, learn about our appointment to a working group in China for alternatives, our collaboration with BASF and Givaudan, our presence at estiv2018 and the PCPC 2018 Science Symposium, and more.  Read issue....

Toxicologist I

October 11, 2018
We are seeking a full time Toxicologist I/Study Director to work in our Gaithersburg office. This is an exciting opportunity to join and grow with our team to contribute and share in our company vision: A day when methods based on humane, wisely applied science will be used by industry and the regulatory agencies to understand the true safety and efficacy of substances.   Specific Responsibilities Include, but are not limited to: Participate in the management of the skin sensitizer screening program. ...

IIVS Appointed to China’s Alternatives Working Group for Cosmetics

October 9, 2018
Gaithersburg, MD – October 9, 2018 – U.S. based Institute for In Vitro Sciences (IIVS) has been invited by China’s National Institute for Food and Drug Control (NIFDC) to join their working group on alternatives for cosmetics.  The newly established group was announced by the NIFDC during their 2nd International Conference on Cosmetics Alternative Methods held in Beijing in September.  Chaired by NIFDC Vice Director, Lu Yong, the working group also includes representatives from several provincial government agencies and companies...

Webinar: Precision-cut Lung Slices

October 5, 2018
Dr. Holger Behrsing, Principal Scientist with IIVS, recently presented "Precision-cut Lung Slices (PCLS)" for the 2018 PETA International Science Consortium webinar series on non-animal inhalation testing methods. ...

IIVS Hosts Quarterly Meeting for SQA’s Computer Validation and IT Compliance (CVIC) Specialty Section

October 4, 2018
The CVIC agenda included a presentation and follow-up discussion on artificial intelligence and computer learning and their use in regulated industry, a panel discussion of cloud computing adoption in “GxP” environments, and open discussion on the use of the “Internet of Things” and data integrity and governance concepts.  In addition to the CVIC member, an FDA representative was on site to gather industry input on specific topics.  IIVS is pleased to support activities like this through the Society of Quality Assurance. If...

Encouraging Regulatory Acceptance of Non-Animal Testing Methods Discussed at Annual SACATM Meeting

October 2, 2018
Among the topics discussed at the annual Scientific Advisory Committee on Alternative Toxicological Methods (SACATM) meeting held in early September was ways to encourage both regulators and regulated industry to use new approach methodologies (NAMs). The meeting brought together experts from academia, industry, and animal welfare organizations and the importance of collaboration among the different groups and geographical regions was a recurring theme. Learn more...

California Passes Ban on Cosmetics Tested on Animals

October 1, 2018
California now has the most stringent cruelty-free policies in the U.S., following Governor Jerry Brown's signing of the bill banning the sale of cosmetic products and ingredients tested on animals.  The California Cruelty-Free Cosmetics Act brings California in line with the EU and other global standards but still includes some exemptions for animal tests conducted to achieve compliance with other bodies, leaving some unanswered questions. Learn more...

IIVS Collaborates with BASF and Givaudan to Validate a Non-animal Test for Regulatory Submissions

August 28, 2018
GAITHERSBURG, MD –August 28– The Institute for In Vitro Sciences (IIVS), with an established track record in the validation of alternatives to animal testing, is teaming up with BASF and Givaudan to validate an improved skin sensitization reactivity method to address the needs of toxicologists and regulators. Scientists at BASF and Givaudan have developed the Kinetic Direct Peptide Reactivity Assay (Kinetic DPRA), a non-animal test to predict allergic reactions in the skin known as sensitization. Three other non-animal sensitizer tests have...

Registration Now Open for Practical Methods 2019

August 27, 2018
IIVS is excited to announce that registration is now open for our 2019 Practical Methods for In Vitro Toxicology Workshop. Space is limited so please book as soon as possible to guarantee your spot. ...

2018 Lush Prize Shortlist Announced

August 7, 2018
This year saw entries for the first time from Lebanon, Sri Lanka, and Turkey as the reach of the Lush Prize continues to grow.  From the many entrants, reviewers have selected a shortlist of 56 projects and 17 scientists across five award categories who go through to the final judging phase. Winners will be announced in November. Learn More....